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Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country Hardcover – Illustrated, January 29, 2019
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― Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
"This book is endlessly wise, funny, and full of heart. To say that its clear-eyed, doom-laden―yet loving―message is important and timely would be an understatement. It is unapologetically sincere, utterly moving."
― Tommy Orange, author of There There
"Deep Creek is a love letter to earth, animals, and the best of humanity. Pam Houston has taken our heartache and woven it back into hope. Her stories of love, loss, and a life lived in relationship to land give us good reasons not to give up on ourselves or each other. This is the book we need right now to remind us how to endure―passionately. An unstoppable heart song."
― Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Misfit’s Manifesto
"Pam Houston is the rodeo queen of American letters. In Deep Creek, her voice has never been more fully realized, and her message never more important."
― Samantha Dunn, author of Not by Accident
"Full of wisdom, wit, and loving attention, Pam Houston’s survey of her life and land should be required reading for anyone who loves this planet we call home."
― Camille T. Dungy, author of Guidebook to Relative Strangers
"In the face of the world’s turmoil, this book is utter clarity. In the face of the world’s harshness, this book is a soft place to land…If you find yourself careening toward despair, pick up Deep Creek and read even just one page. The words there will lift you back to hope―not the sentimental kind, but the kind that can and does change the world for the better. What gratitude we owe to Pam Houston for writing it."
― B. K. Loren, author of Animal, Mineral, Radical
"Houston has a great range of vision, and she’s fun to read. She gets the land right…In this perfectly American memoir, a restless heart finds its place."
― Craig Childs, author of Atlas of a Lost World
"A profound and inspiring love letter to one piece of Earth―and to the rest of it, as well."
― Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Houston's vision find a solid place among the chronicles of quiet appreciation of the American wilderness, without the misanthropy that often accompanies the genre; her passion for the land and its inhabitants is irresistibly contagious."
― Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Always impressive, Houston is in striking form here. Her talent remains remarkable and her words extraordinarily affecting and effective."
― Booklist (starred review)
"Highly recommended as a memoir that combines nature, writing, and personal reflection."
― Library Journal (starred review)
About the Author
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (January 29, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393241025
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393241020
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #231,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What surprised me though is that when she asked her class at UC Davis how many had spent a night sleeping in the wilderness, the answer was zero. Zero.
I wondered what is it to lose contact with the land, the earth, to not see the full passage and shades of light, day to night, night to day. Ms. Houston gives us this passage through her observations and journeys. We share and feel the ups and down, fires and cold, and the beauty of love and connection shared. I felt my muscles, both physical and spiritual, firm as I hiked and traveled with her and shared the beauty of this earth.
In 1971, Captain Edgar J. Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, was changed by seeing the earth from space. He felt the love we share, a universal love, what he called “quantum resonance with all that is”.
We may not be able to spend a night in the wilderness but through Pam’s book we get a taste of seeing the earth in her wholeness and we even experience a belief in ghosts.